At least one child has been killed and major roads in parts of Missouri have been closed by floods caused by days of fierce rains, officials said on Wednesday.
Interstate 44, which runs from Springfield to St. Louis, has been closed at mile marker 174, causing motorists to face detours of up to 125 miles, Dale Moore, the public information officer for the emergency response team, told the Los Angeles Times. A 4-year-old has been killed and his mother is missing because of the flooded rivers in and around Pulaski County, he said.
Three rivers converge around Waynesville and one, the Gasconade River, is already well above its flood stage of 20 feet. The river is expected to crest at around 32 feet sometime on Thursday, said Moore, adding the storm system has been erratic and hard to predict.